Human Capital Management

5 Best Practices for Managing the Entire Employee Experience

Education professionals come to work to make a difference – technology should support them in that mission, not get in the way.   Mitchell Welch, Principal Solutions Consultant at Frontline Education, and Sundie Dahlkamp, Executive Director of Human Resources at Pearland ISD, recently sat down to discuss how school districts can leverage technology to create […]

Human Capital Management

Talk Data to Me: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Recruiting and Hiring Practices

The Frontline Research and Learning Institute recently surveyed district and school administrators regarding their organization’s past, present, and future focus of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I). We heard from 567 respondents representing 49 states and small and large public, private, and charter schools. 84.4% of respondents answered very important or important when asked to rate […]


3 Things for Schools to Remember About Long COVID Diagnoses

  Some people who previously tested positive for COVID-19 are now showing symptoms like tiredness, fatigue, difficulty thinking, concentrating, headache, changes in smell, taste, dizziness, or fast beating or pounding heart, usually appearing about a month after that initial positive test. This condition is being referred to as “Long COVID.” Long COVID diagnoses among students […]

Human Capital Management

Talk Data to Me: Hiring Trends for Mental Health Providers in Schools

There has been a lot of recent discussion in K-12 spheres, including in past Frontline blogs, about the ongoing teacher shortage. Not only does the problem of large numbers of job openings with limited numbers of applicants available to fill them apply to teaching positions, but it also persists for mental-health-related positions. This is concerning […]

Human Capital Management

The Case for Strategic Human Capital Management in Education

What is strategic human capital management (HCM)? Depending on where you look, you’ll see different definitions: People Managing People defines HCM as “the collection of organizational practices related to the acquisition, management, and development of the human workforce.” CPA Practice Advisor goes a step farther, adding that “HCM looks at your workforce differently. Instead of classifying employees […]

Human Capital Management

The Effects of Inefficiencies on School Administrators

When you think about inefficient processes, you might think of the implications for your department or even student learning, but what about the impact on you? What would your day-to-day look like if you could make inefficiencies a thing of the past? With only so many hours in a day, you need to be able […]

Human Capital Management

Retention-First Recruitment

HOW BREAKING DOWN THE SILOS IN YOUR SCHOOLS IS A WIN FOR INSTRUCTIONAL GROWTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES Mitchell Welch Solutions Consultant, Frontline Education 13 years as a teacher (science, math) and administrator in public schools Worked toward school turnarounds as an elementary, middle, and high school AP and principal National consultant developing and building training […]


Change You Can Count On: Change Management in K-12

“Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…” In 1971 (when David Bowie released “Changes”), the internet was in its infancy. Nearly fifty years later, we hold the internet—and all its power—in our hands. Of course, with information’s accessibility at an all-time high, the world has become more dynamic and turbulent than ever before. As British journalist Oliver Burkeman pointed out: “[W]hen […]

Human Capital Management

What Can MASH Teach Us about Position Control in Schools?

There’s a reason that shows like “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” and books like “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” quickly became so popular. While it may have been a while since you were running around on the playground with your classmates, don’t you remember how intensely strategic some […]

Talk Data to Me

A data-centric view on the challenges facing school districts

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: Hire Rates

According to a 2021 Frontline survey, about two-thirds of over 1,200 school and district administrators reported having a teacher shortage. Some districts experienced the teacher shortage worse than others. About half of the respondents reported difficulty filling jobs across all grade levels and subjects while the other half felt the effects of the shortage in […]

Teacher Absences & Subs

Talk Data to Me: Trends in Absence Management and Substitute Pools

Troubled by substitute shortages and low fill rates? You’re not alone. These are challenges faced by many districts, and for good reason. Substitute management is no walk in the park: a lot of different elements go into maintaining and managing a healthy substitute pool.   To overcome the challenges associated with the substitute shortage, districts […]

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage

The Frontline Research and Learning Institute recently published a research brief called “The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage”. Following a basic supply and demand economic model, the analysis investigates the quantity of candidates applying for jobs (supply) as well as the availability of open positions (demand). Trends show changes to both sides of the […]

Student Data

Talk Data to Me: Supporting the Health Needs of Students and Staff

In early April, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that schools should be reopened and “full-fledged in person” come fall 2021, regardless of vaccination status. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona echoed this in early May, saying that he expects a full return for all students in the fall. With most states no longer placing restrictions on school […]

Front & Center

A series showcasing various leaders in the K-12 space